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Ding dong! merrily on high

composer
1588; Orchésographie, Langres
composer
harmonization
author of text

 
The present setting of Ding dong! merrily on high is the well-known one with words by G R Woodward and a catchy sixteenth-century French tune harmonized by Charles Wood. The tune is taken from a dance manual called Orchésographie, published in Langres in 1588 by a canon named Jehan Tabourot, who used as a pseudonym the anagrammatic form, Thoinot Arbeau. In the book the dance is described as a ‘branle de l’official’—implying particular vibrancy and exuberance. Charles Wood (1866–1926) was a product of the Royal College of Music and studied composition with Sir Charles Villiers Stanford whom he succeeded as professor of music at Cambridge in 1924. Vaughan Williams was among his pupils. His best-known pieces are his anthems, which include O Thou the central Orb and Expectans expectavi.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993

Recordings

Adeste fideles
SIGCD460Download only 28 October 2016 Release
Christmas with St John's
SIGCD458Download only 28 October 2016 Release
The King's Singers Christmas Songbook
SIGCD459Download only 28 October 2016 Release
Adeste fideles
CDA66668
Christmas carols from Village Green to Church Choir
SIGCD387Download only
Christmas Star
CSCD503Download only
Favourite Carols from King's
Studio Master: KGS0007Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Joy to the World
CDH55161
Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0001Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
On Christmas night
SIGCD386Download only
The Carols Album
Studio Master: SIGCD108Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Voces 8 Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD291Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 14 on SIGCD458 [2'03] Download only 28 October 2016 Release
Track 9 on SIGCD459 [2'24] Download only 28 October 2016 Release
Track 16 on SIGCD460 [1'47] Download only 28 October 2016 Release
Track 5 on CDA66668 [1'52]
Track 5 on CDH55161 [2'06]
Track 6 on CSCD503 [1'55] Download only
Track 6 on KGS0001 CD2 [2'45] Download only
Track 2 on KGS0007 [2'07] Download only
Track 19 on SIGCD108 [2'04] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD291 [1'35] Download only
Track 11 on SIGCD386 [1'50] Download only
Track 12 on SIGCD387 [2'07] Download only

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